Holly Madison On ‘Vegas Diaries,’ Russell Brand Rumors & Dating After Hugh Hefner [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
Holly Madison, the best-selling author and former Playboy Bunny, is currently promoting her latest book, Vegas Diaries.
Holly Madison On ‘Vegas Diaries’
Vegas Diaries chronicles Madison’s life post-Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Mansion, when she was trying to carve out a new career and new public persona for herself. Upon her arrival in Las Vegas, Madison joined a burlesque show called Peepshow, which she continued with for more than three years.
“I’ve been fascinated with Burlesque for years and had always wanted to give it a try and it turned into a really great experience,” Madison told uInterview in an exclusive interview. “I was in a show called Peepshow for three and a half years and that kind of set the stage for all my adventures you read about in the Vegas Diaries and it was an amazing time.”
While working in Peepshow, Madison also starred in her own reality TV show called Holly’s World. Single following her split from Hefner, Madison found it hard to date. Not only was she unsure of having men she was just getting to know on the show, but she couldn’t be sure that the men taking her out were doing so for the right reasons.
“You don’t wanna ask somebody you just met, ‘Oh do you wanna be in my reality show today?’ Because that just doesn’t lead to a healthy relationship necessarily,” Madison said, adding, “When I was finally single and dating I had a lot of paranoia about: why do people wanna date me? Do they wanna date me because I’m on TV? Or do they wanna date me because they wanna brag to their friends that, ‘Oh I’m dating the girl on that billboard?'”
Madison, who had found herself inaccurately linked to Russell Brand and others during her Vegas days, is now a married mother of one with another on the way, and likes her life the way it is now. Though she enjoys her quieter life of being a wife and mother and author and hopes it continues in the same vein, Madison admits that were the right reality TV opportunity to come along, it’s possible she’ll return to our TV screens.
“People always ask me if I would do another reality show and if somebody came up with an interesting idea that I thought was positive and empowering at the end of the day, after all the drama plays out, I maybe would consider it,” said Madison. “But I probably wouldn’t do the same exact kind of things I’ve done before.”
The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice and he Road to Reinvention is currently available for purchase in hardcover and as an ebook.
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In the first chapter of the Vegas Diaries it was really important for me to set up where I was coming from and how I was feeling, like I was at my own personal rock bottom. I felt like I was completely starting over with no leads and no friends anymore, because I felt like I was leaving not just a relationship but a whole world and a whole lifestyle that I’d kind of submerged myself in for so long. So, I definitely wanted to set that up.
When I first moved to Las Vegas to start over I was brought there by a Burlesque show I got a job in. I’ve been fascinated with Burlesque for years and had always wanted to give it a try and it turned into a really great experience. I was in a show called Peepshow for three and a half years and that kind of set the stage for all my adventures you read about in the Vegas Diaries and it was an amazing time.
When I lived in Las Vegas I had my own reality show called Holly’s World and it was an amazing experience, so much fun. But there’s definitely challenges when you do reality TV especially when you’re single and dating and trying to meet people and you don’t wanna ask somebody you just met, ‘Oh do you wanna be in my reality show today?’ Because that just doesn’t lead to a healthy relationship necessarily. So, there were definitely challenges and definitely pressures as far as people wanting certain people on the show, or if there were a rumor about me dating somebody, ‘Oh you gotta get this person on.’ But I’m like, ‘I barely know that person! I’m not gonna ask them.’ So it was definitely a unique twist on the whole — I mean dating is crazy anyway you know, like the ins and outs of it — but that was definitely another twist in the story for me.
When I was finally single and dating I had a lot of paranoia about: why do people wanna date me? Do they wanna date me because I’m on TV? Or do they wanna date me because they wanna brag to their friends that, ‘Oh I’m dating the girl on that billboard’? So, I had a lot of insecurities going into it and I really had to get to a point where I was okay with myself before I finally ended up meeting my husband and meeting The One. It took a while and it took a lot of different experiences and I learned a lot about myself through different people I met.
One of the first incidents I talk about when I’m on my own in Vegas is just dealing with the press on my own. It was kind of my first time handling it myself and it was really important to me – because I had been in such high profile relationships – to be known for myself and not to attach myself to somebody and be known for that person. And I share a story where one time I was sitting next to Russell Brand at dinner and then left and nothing happend. All of a sudden the next day it was all over the blogs, all these super salacious stories and I was like, ‘No! This isn’t what I’m going for.’ So it was super important for me to keep my personal life as private as possible. After that happened I was just like, ‘I’m gonna try to keep my personal life as private as possible for as long as I can,’ which is always a challenge but I think I did okay.
There’s so much mainstream dating advice out there and for a while I kind of tried to follow that advice and it ended up — I share a funny story where it kind of gets turned around on me a little bit and I kind of get what I was dishing out so to speak. It’s the most cliche advice in the world, but what I learned in the end is just be yourself, which is like not the greatest advice. People always say ‘be yourself’ as if it’s so easy and it always takes a period of self discovery but it’s true at the end of the day.
Right now I’m promoting the Vegas Diaries and I’m seven months pregnant, so I’m about to have a baby and I just want more of the same in my life. I’m having a great time writing books and I love my daughter and my husband so much and wanna have more kids. People ask me, ‘What’s next for you?’ and I’m just like, ‘More of the same would be good.’ People always ask me if I would do another reality show and if somebody came up with an interesting idea that I thought was positive and empowering at the end of the day, after all the drama plays out, I maybe would consider it, but I probably wouldn’t do the same exact kind of things I’ve done before. I feel like that was a really fun experience and a great opportunity to have in my 20s, but I’ve kind of grown out of it a little bit so I’m kind of looking for different things in that area.